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Ď Vivah is not another Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!í

Q:: Vivah being a Sooraj Barjatya film, your expectation would be very high!

Yes, it is a very big film for me because his films like Maine Pyar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! have carved a very special place in the hearts of the Indian audiences. And again, itís a very special film because those who have had the privilege of knowing Soorajji in person know that he is an angel of a person with a golden heart. The character that he has scripted for me, Poonam, has been done with all his goodness and all the purity in his heart. I only hope that I have done justice to the character.

Q: Looking at the promos, it looks like another Ďfamily filmí. Would it bring back the glory of Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!'

Vivah is not going to be like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! as that film had elaborate wedding ceremonies, mehndi, sangeet, etc. Vivah is actually the journey from engagement to marriage, which is innovatively the best phase in any coupleís life. The marriage ceremonies havenít been given any importance over here. It should bring the glory, but in a different way. I think the way Soorajji has executed the relationship between a man and a woman with so much purity is going to work as the USP of the film.

Q: The catchline describes the film as a journey from engagement to marriage. Whatís so unique about that'

The whole concept is about a person who walks into your life and changes your future. He or she makes you feel special. The relationship of trust and care becomes very important to sustain that relationship. This is the biggest highlight in the film.

Q: Tell us about your look in the film.

Itís a very Indian look for me. I play a very small town girl in this town called Madhupur, which is actually supposed to be Mathura. Her upbringing is extremely simple and she lives with her Chachaji. Obviously when someone doesnít live with her parents but uncle, her behaviour is a little different. So, itís a good opportunity and a different characterisation for me. I hope I have been successful in portraying the vision of Soorajji perfectly in the film.

Q: Letís talk about your makeup and costumes in the film' Did you put in your own inputs'

I had Anna Singh to do the costumes for me and she is a very senior designer. She has designed for all the top actresses. I have blind faith in her. She has given me a very nice look. I donít have too many elaborate costumes, as my character has a smalltown background. I think itís just one or two occasions where I really got to dress up. Otherwise itís mostly a salwar-kameez look.

Q: Are we going to see antakshari, et al in the film'

Most of Soorajjiís film has given importance to Ďfamilyí. Of course, itís going to be the union of two unknown families who come together because itís an arranged marriage. The focus would be on that girl and the boy. Itís their journey. So, I think no antakshari, etc as such.

Q: What about extravagant sets, song and dance'

No. People should not go expecting to see Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, because Vivah is very different from it. There has been hardly any scope for dance or foot-tapping numbers, as the backdrop doesnít permit that. Most of the songs are very situational. You wouldnít see any uncalled-for song. The storyline flows smoothly with the song.

Q: Where has the film been shot'

The film has been shot in Delhi, Nainital and Varanasi. We have also shot it on the sets in Mumbai.

Q: How was it working with Soorajji'

Soorajji has really taught me so much, both about acting and about life. Being a part of his film is one of the most special experiences I have ever had.

Q: What are the other projects you are working on'

Iím going to do a film with E. Nivas very soon, the guy who had directed Shool. The shoot is going to start in November.

Q: When will we see Vivah in the theatres'

On November 10 , and itís not very far.

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